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Hercules Found Abused in Deptford Home, Says NJSPCA

The American bulldog was allegedly starved by his owner, Roxanne Notaro.

Hercules doesn’t look anything like his namesake.

Wasted to nearly nothing, his ribs stand out like a xylophone and his hip bones are a pair of blades.

You can count his vertebrae with just a glance.

The American bulldog was found locked in a crate in deplorable conditions, New Jersey SPCA president Rick Yocum said, after a Deptford police officer responded to the Oak Valley home where he lived last week.

Now his owner, Roxanne Notaro, is facing multiple counts of animal cruelty for allegedly abusing the dog.

Hercules was found in the basement of Notaro’s Vassar Road home on April 3, Yocum said, covered in his own feces and urine, and anemic from an infestation of fleas that had feasted on him.

He was malnourished and dehydrated, Yocum said, and was taken from the home by Gloucester County animal control and whisked to Delaware Valley Veterinary Hospital for emergency treatment.

He’s recovering in foster care now, according to Yocum, but the NJSPCA is looking for donations to help cover his medical costs so far, as well as for surgery the dog will need on his elbow at some point in the future.

Notaro faces six counts of animal cruelty for the alleged abuse.

Editor's note: this article was edited to reflect the fact that the home is actually in the Oak Valley section of Deptford.

Barbara J Miller April 20, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Joy I am 65 years old and I have been writing letters for years,sent emails and signed every petition sent my way. I have given thousands throughout my life time. I have spent my energy believe you me. You know what I'm not the only one doing that. You know what else.....in all these years little has changed !!! For some odd reason some laws never change in the right direction and unfortunately their not going to. And that in it's self is a sad day for us all !!!
Joy Marshek April 20, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I hear you Barbara. I'm 56 and so if I spent the next 9 years till I'm 65, well maybe by then things will change. We can not give up. We have to be their voice! And like I have said previously, I'm retired and have nothing else better to do. Sure would be better then sitting around and making quilts like I was going to do, lol. Nothing wrong with quilts, but I can better use my energy towards animal rights. Maybe qet a quilt or two thrown in there too. I do a lot of knitting also, and that is a good stress reliever, nice and relaxing. I'm going to bed, so later Barbara. You have a good night.
Joy Marshek April 20, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Night Hercules!! Mine and God's love to you!!!! Hang in there buddy, you will make it and be the handsome boy you were always suppose to be.
Joy Marshek April 23, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Sweet dreams Hercules!
Barbara J Miller April 23, 2012 at 05:32 AM
My latest HEROES......Caide and Hercules. Thank you Caide you have a kind and generous heart. I love people like you. We need more Caides in this world.....yes we do. And as for Hercules, it is a true miracle that he is alive today.....and we can all celebrate a new beginning with him. God Bless You Both !!!

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